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Check-up on healthcare summit

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 25, 2010 at 12:56 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog)

Thursday is my day off, so I've been able to  watch some of the healthcare summit hosted by President Obama at Blair House.  (However, it is now interrupted by my 3-year old playing the Wii.)

Kentucky's Mitch McConnell, as the top Republican, is playing a prominent role.  In true McConnell fashion, he is letting many Republican voices do a lot of the talking, while choosing his talking points carefully.

McConnell told Obama that the consensus from many polls is that Americans don't want Obamacare and that a new poll shows that Americans are also opposed to pushing it through using a process called "reconciliation."

The Guardian is live blogging the healthcare summit

11.40am: Woo, Mitch McConnell is the bomb. He pipes up and says that Democrats have had 52 minutes speaking time while Republicans have had just 24 minutes. Nice. Mitch McConnell: clock watcher.

"You're right, there was an imbalance on the opening statements, because I'm the president," replies Obama. Which is true.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo issued a statement on the President's Healthcare Summit:


FRANKFORT --- U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Daniel Mongiardo released the following statement in advance of President Obama's Health Care summit at the Blair House later this morning:

"I applaud the President’s efforts to bring leaders from both political parties together in a transparent effort to find common ground and pass common sense solutions that will help drive down costs and fix our broken healthcare system.  Today’s health care system covers too few and costs too much.  It is time to set aside the partisan bickering and work together to get real results to improve the lives of ordinary working Kentuckians."